Sunday, September 14, 2014

Purple Picnic

 Hello sunshine! Where have you been? It's so good to see you again, thanks for stopping by. So good infact I decided to spend all day yesterday soaking you up in the park. Being 'Fashion Hayley' I couldn't just head to the park in any old garb, no I had to dress up in a crazy all lilac outfit that even accidentally (on purpose) matched my bicycle! Oh, and with a perfectly styled picnic in tow too! My local park was full of people enjoying the sunshine too, which was lovely. Bumped into a few friends. I do love my little Melbourne bubble ever so much. I've been waiting for a chance to use my new picnic basket I bought at a local op shop, it's the cutest picnic basket I have ever seen I think.

 I am in freaking LOVE with this whole outfit from City Chic. Yes to the matching prints, yes to the lilac and yes to the painterly floral design. It's probably my most favourite outfit from City Chic ever to be honest, a big departure from their usual collections which I'm very excited about. They just keep on getting more and more bold and fashion forward which I think is needed in the plus size fashion arena. I have wanted a full matching print set for a while now, so I couldn't say no to these when I saw them in store. The best part is Julia Pound the ever stylish buyer and owner of hip Melbourne boutique Dagmar Rousset complimented me on the look and couldn't get over the fact that it was by a plus size brand. I love when that happens, when plus size fashion is coveted by fashion forward straight sized people because for once they can feel our pain of not being able to fit into something awesome. And awesome this look is!

Outfit details
Floral denim pinafore dress City Chic
Floral denim jacket City Chic
Lilac jelly heels Juju Babes from ASOS
Lilac glasses Bespecd Minsk in lilac
Lipstick Limecrime D'lilac
Bangle House of Baulch
Lilac ring Ambush from a sample sale in Tokyo
Pom pom earrings Gift

 I'm still loving my lilac Reid Cycles vintage style bicycle one year on, Mine hasn't had any of the mechanical issues that some people wrote to me about. Although we bought my sister a mint green one for Christmas and she did have an issue with the chain/gears but that was covered by her warranty. She also rides hers every day to and from work whereas I'm more of a casual weekend rider. Just to note that I did actually buy both of these mentioned bikes, they weren't gifted to me at all, so this is an honest and upfront review of them. For me it's perfect for getting around my neighbourhood AND is just so cute so really it's a win win situation. Cute and useful, what's not to love?

 I'm addicted to my shellac manicures. So much so that I've almost sold my entire nail polish collection. Why paint my own nails when shellac lasts so much longer and doesn't chip at all? I'm in love with Goddess of Nails and Beauty at the Emporium because they have the most amazing selection of colours I have ever seen as I shared over on my instagram. There is almost too many to choose from. I've been getting a pink base colour with glitter over the top for the past few months which is fun but maybe I need to change it up a bit. Not sure what to try next, any ideas?

Bangle House of Baulch
Lilac ring Ambush from a sample sale in Tokyo
Nails Goddess of Nails and Beauty at the Emporium

Spring means my jelly sandals are back in action. Hello lilac Juju Babes from ASOS, I love you (。♥‿♥。)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Get ready with me + win up to $2000 thanks to AGL

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AGL is celebrating energy in our everyday lives and have asked me to share with you how I use energy in my morning routine. My bedroom is usually pretty dark when I wake up in the mornings so the very first thing I do is turn on my super cute pineapple lamp and then check my phone which has been charging over night on my bedside table. I actually love this little corner of my bedroom so much with all my matching white, red and yellow pieces, it's so happy and bright. One of the best things in the world is morning cuddles with Hachiko, especially a freshly groomed Hachi at that! Hachiko had his spring haircut this week and is just the cutest thing ever right now and I just can't get enough.

Bedside table Kartell Componibili | Pineapple candle Dangerfield | Pineapple lamp Target | Red candle Glasshouse Fragrances in Rio de Janeiro, a beautiful passionfruit and lime fragrance | Yellow chevron print bedding Target  |  Gingham and strawberry print bunting craft market but similar can be found on Etsy| Pyjamas BigW

Oh Hachi you are the cutest!

My house is full of tiles so to keep my feet warm I always wear slippers around the house. These hot pink Ugg Australia boots are actually all kinds of amazing. My first 'real' pair of Ugg boots and I'm in love not only with just how soft and warm they are but also the amazing hot pink colour.

 After showering it's makeup time. My light up mirror makes putting on my makeup of a morning a breeze. My bedroom is usually really dark as we like to keep the blinds closed for privacy as our window is right on the street so this mirror is a must have item for me - otherwise I could end up with way too much blush or uneven foundation. A total lifesaver!

Mirror Priceline | Assorted makeup storage containers are from Muji, Priceline, Aldi and Daiso

Limecrime pink velvet forever!

I swear by my clothes steamer. I can't imagine going back to a life without it. So much safer for your clothes than a regular iron and without all of the hassle too - no annoying ironing boards or the need for a protective sheet on sensitive fabrics. The best bit it was only $49 from Kmart!

My GHD Air salon professional hair dryer makes such a difference in the morning. It's two times faster than most consumer hair dryers and since using it I really have noticed the difference. One of the biggest selling points for me was it's advanced ionic technology that is meant to reduce frizz and flyaways - which have always been the bane of my existence thanks to my super fine hair. Well I swear this has worked wonders on those.

 Once dressed a spritz of perfume and I'm ready to walk out the door.

I'm in love with this new fragrance I was sent from Melbourne's Comme des Garçons Pocket store, Girl by Comme des Garçons and Pharrell Williams with bottle art by Kaws. It's the perfect woody scent and I just love the bottle design. 

 The final outfit. I actually wore this Tsumori Chisato Cat's paw print dress the other day to a cat themed art exhibition opening at Off The Kerb Gallery so we thought it was fitting to take the photo in front of the giant cat street art just around the corner from my house. Thank you Fitzroy for always providing me with new and interesting outfit photography backdrops! Talking about Fitzroy - a photo of me posing in front of another amazing local street art piece was used in a Vogue USA article on Global Street Style Report: Mapping Out the 15 Coolest Neighborhoods in the World. Me representing Fitzroy, my local hood! Such an amazing surprise!

 I'm wearing a lot of Japanese labels in this outfit which makes me so happy as it makes me feel closer to the place that I love so much - if that makes sense at all? Japan will always have a place in my heart (。♥‿♥。)

Outfit Details
Dress Tsumori Chisato Cats
Biker jacket Vintage Sole
Leggings Gisela Ramirez
Rainbow bag Vintage Comme des Garçons from Rag Tag Harajuku
Sunglasses Tsumori Chisato from Pet Shop Girls 
Black flatforms Melissa in Style
Pink glitter socks Tsumori Chisato
Pom pom earrings The Bright Young Things on Etsy
Harajuku street fashion necklace Lactose Intoler-Art

 Still obsessed with these sunnies and all things pom pom earring.

Lipstick Limecrime pink velvet forever
Sunglasses Tsumori Chisato from Pet Shop Girls 
Pom pom earrings The Bright Young Things on Etsy
Harajuku street fashion necklace Lactose Intoler-Art

 These are the best shoes in the history of man! I want them in the pink gloss next!

Black flatforms Melissa in Style

 Whenever I wear this necklace it becomes the talk of the event. Everyone wants to know who made it and where to get it. Thanks so much to Brandon from Lactose Intoler-Art for being so amazingly talented. I'm so excited by the things he is doing over in Tokyo right now!

Harajuku street fashion necklace Lactose Intoler-Art
Sarcasm heart badge Fashiondacci
I love Spank! badge Spank! Koenji

Yes to all of this! Paw print dress, glitter nails, rainbow bag and hot pink jewellery. My kind of wardrobe staples!

Pink cat bangle Tsumori Chisato Cats
Rings from left to right | Red acrylic ring MOMA NYC | Pink gift bow ring Tokyo's Tokyo at Omohara Tokyu Plaza | Pink resin crown ring Keep Resin
Rainbow bag Vintage Comme des Garçons from Rag Tag Harajuku 
All photos up to this point by Tristan Davies

AGL Pop Up Hair Styling Bar

AGL is providing complimentary hair styling for shoppers at Melbourne Central today and tomorrow as a reminder of how integral energy is in our day-to-day activities.

If you come on down and take a selfie at the pop up styling bar or beside the giant blue hair dryer and post your photos on AGL’s ‘Day in the Life’ Facebook competition can WIN cash prizes of up to $2,000!!! Don't worry you can also enter the competition from home by uploading a photo of how you use energy at home in your everyday life. AGL is also donating $10, or about a day’s worth of energy for the average household, to a selection of charities for every entry received. Entrants can choose from four charities, St Vincent de Paul Society, The Smith Family, Julian Burton Burns Trust and Cancer Council Australia. So support a great cause and maybe win some shopping money!

The AGL Hair Styling Bar will be at the following locations
Melbourne Central on Thursday 11th and  Friday 12th September from 7am-7pm 
Federation Square on Friday 19th September from 7am-7pm.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Living The Dream

I'm very lucky that my street here in Melbourne has a lot of incredible street art. It really makes walking the dog a lot of fun, seeing what is new on the walls this week. They also conveniently make great backdrops for blog outfit photography! I thought this 'Living the Dream' piece by artist Camille Walala was the perfect backdrop for my super colourful almost Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat inspired outfit. The dress is a new buy from local Melbourne label Obus. I instagram'd a change room try on pic asking if I should indeed buy it and got an overwhelming response of HECK YES! So not one to disappoint the people (what did I just say?) I went ahead and bought it. I'm selfless like that, always thinking of others! Jokes aside I do love this dress, the Aguayo inspired print is just incredible.

Outfit details
Multicolour dream dress Obus Aguayo dress
Blue tights City Chic 80 denier opaque tights in cobalt
Heart bag Alpha 60 outlet store
Black flatforms Melissa shoes Style flatform
Black pom pom The Bright Young Things on Etsy
Rainbow bangle Architecture in Helsinki pop up store
Assorted rings

A rainbow dream!

This heart shaped bag is all kinds of ridiculous so of course I just had to have it. Will I ever learn to love basics? Never I say!

Heart bag Alpha 60 outlet store
Rainbow bangle Architecture in Helsinki pop up store


Rainbow bangle Architecture in Helsinki pop up store
Rings from left to right | Red acrylic ring MOMA NYC | Pink gift bow ring Tokyo's Tokyo at Omohara Tokyu Plaza | Pink resin crown ring Keep Resin | Clear + pink print bunny ear ring Tokyo Design Festa

It's been incredibly windy in Melbourne of late so my hair was a little worse for wear in these photos after being blown around all day. But whatevs at least I'm semi smiling for once.

Glasses Bespecd Nara in Speckled Tortoise (I really want the pink next!)
Black pom pom The Bright Young Things on Etsy

Melissa Australia kindly sent me these Japanese Geta inspired flatform jelly shoes and they've fast become my favourite pair. I love me a good flatform but these are extra special because of that mash up of traditional Japanese footwear and the modern jelly shoe.

Black flatforms Melissa shoes Style flatform
Blue tights City Chic 80 denier opaque tights in cobalt

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Winter Layers

Winter in Melbourne is all about layering. It's a must in this city of four seasons in one day, so that's why we're always carrying around cardigans, rain coats and umbrella's as you just don't know what to expect. That's why I love this lightweight floral rain poncho by Tsumori Chisato I picked up whilst in Tokyo last month. It's not only cute and fun - it's practical too! You see it folds up into an easy pouch so you can slip it right into your bag to use when needed. I love it's fun colours and floral print though so I've just been wearing mine as much as possible (mixing prints is a bit of an obsession of mine), but as the weather warms up I can see myself popping it into my bag for those colder moments Melbourne is known for.

Outfit details
Floral rain poncho Tsumori Chisato
Check dress Gorman (now on sale!)
Red cropped jumper Target
Woolen tights H&M
Glitter Chelsea boots ASOS (currently on sale!)
Pom pom earrings The Bright Young Things on Etsy
Fabric chain necklace Mercibeaucoup 
Flower bangle Tsumori Chisato

I bought this cropped red jumper at Target on sale for $15 the other week when I was caught out in exactly one of those bitterly cold Melbourne moments and needed something fast as I'd forgotten my cardigan. Thankfully I found this and I think it works perfectly layered with this outfit. I think cropped style tops work really well on my body even though they're actually considered a plus size no-no. Obviously I don't listen to those out dated fashion rules and you shouldn't either! Stuff the rules, wear what you want and you'll look fabulous (like me haha).

What's this? Another Gorman dress? Why yes. Yes it is. You could say I have a slight addiction to the brand right now. But it's not my fault that they produce so many cute dresses now is it? Anyway I bought this dress the other week after waiting and waiting for it to go on sale but it just never did so I caved and bought it full price because I didn't want to miss out. That is until it went on sale today. So yes while I paid full price you can now get it on sale for $40 off. Lucky you! I'm just so in love with the dress that it doesn't matter too much that I missed out on getting it on sale.

Look how cute the cat ear shaped flaps are on the pockets of the rain poncho! Kawaii!

Floral rain poncho Tsumori Chisato
Fabric chain necklace Mercibeaucoup 

Henry bought me this fabric scrap chain link necklace by Mercibeaucoup for my birthday. That and all my other Tokyo purchases will be featured in a new Tokyo shopping haul video next week so look out for it.

Red cropped jumper Target
Fabric chain necklace Mercibeaucoup 
Flower bangle Tsumori Chisato
Rings from left to right Purple triangles ring AMBUSH | Pink resin ring Keep Resin | Clear + pink print ring Tokyo Design Festa Red acrylic ring MOMA NYC | Pink gift bow ring Tokyo's Tokyo at Omohara Tokyu Plaza 

This backpack is so practical I can't help but wear it daily.

Black backpack Op shop in Tasmania for 50 cents!

Yeah these boots again, when I get obsessed with something I just can't stop wearing it.

Glitter Chelsea boots ASOS

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Monday, July 7, 2014

A Day At The Museum

Do you do this thing where you buy something new, get obsessed with it for a week and wear it almost daily and then promptly forget about it for the next few months? That's the story of my life, I get obsessed with a new piece and wear it to death. That's why I've been wearing this new dress I picked up at Gorman's outlet store everywhere this week. I bought it to wear to an event at Melbourne Museum for their current Aztecs exhibition (a must see!) and then wore it out the next day with Henry to the NGV to see Paola Pivi's 'You started it..I finish it' exhibition. I'd been seeing the fluoro polar bears pop up on instagram and just had to check it out for myself and it didn't disappoint. The exhibition is the height of kawaii kitsch, the polar bears are each posed in adorable ways distinctive to their imagined personalities. I fell in love with all the pink ones (of course!)

Outfit Details
Splatter dress Gorman Surprise Outlet store on Bridge Road
Biker jacket Vintage from Vintage Sole
Badge Fashiondacci
Woolen tights H&M (the only thing I've bought from H&M thus far as I LOVE woolen tights and they're so hard to find in Australia.
Glitter Chelsea boots ASOS
Pom pom earrings The Bright Young Things on Etsy
Pink cat ears bangle Tsumori Chisato

I was so excited to find this dress and have it fit me. I actually tried it on a few times when it was originally out last summer but found that the ruffle section stuck out horizontally on me as if it didn't fit which led me to not buying it at the time. I have no idea what has happened between January and July but somehow the same dress in the same size actually fit me. I wasn't even going to try it on but it was so cheap I couldn't help myself. Who knows why it suddenly fit me as I'm pretty positive I haven't lost any weight.


I got a haircut and I LOVE it! I need to remember to maintain it at this length, I think it suits me much more than my usual longer style.

Cat eye glasses Bespecd Nara in Tortoiseshell (I want the pink too!)
Pom pom earrings The Bright Young Things on Etsy
Lipstick Shanghai Suzy
Haircut Miss Gertrude

At the Melbourne Museum Aztecs exhibition launch I Scream Nails were doing Aztec themed feature nails. I got mine painted over my usual shellac manicure - looks so cute!

Badge Fashiondacci
Pink cat ears bangle Tsumori Chisato
Rings from left to right Purple triangles ring AMBUSH | Pink resin ring Keep Resin | Clear + pink print ring Tokyo Design Festa | Red acrylic ring MOMA NYC | Pink gift bow ring Tokyo's Tokyo at Omohara Tokyu Plaza 

Tasmanian op shops are untapped gold mines of 90s realness for crazy cheap prices. Mini 90s backpacks like this go for crazy dollars up here in the big smoke but down in Tassie you can find yourself some crazy bargains!

Black backpack Op shop in Tasmania for 50 cents!

Everywhere I go these boots gets mad levels of compliments. They are pretty rad and were on sale which makes them even radder in my opinion!

Glitter Chelsea boots ASOS

Even with the school holidays crowd the Paola Pivi exhibition was breath taking.

Also checked out Kehei Nawa's 'PixCell-Red Deer' while we were at the NGV. It's mesmerising.

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